DIY Table Saw Extension: #1 Best Guide

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How to Make a Homemade Table Saw Extension

Although having to learn a DIY Table Saw Table for benchtop table saws may be good, having a proper extension for a proper contractor table saw or cabinet table saw is what most professionals need.

Would you ever consider building a DIY table saw extension?

If you do, then we have the perfect guide for you.

We will start by providing the materials necessary.

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Equipment Needed:

Materials Needed:

  • Plywood (Preferably 2×6 and 2×8 boards)
  • MDF Board (Preferably 2×2)

Duration: 45-60 Minutes

Budget: $30-$50 (USD)

Steps:

1. First, measure the distance from the table saw to the place where you wish to place your router.

2. Cut a piece of plywood that’s 7 inches wide and 24 inches long.

3. On both ends of this piece of plywood, cut a 1/4-inch strip around an inch long (the quantity of these pieces will be equal to 2 feet).

4. Mark two locations on this strip at a distance equal to your table saw measurement plus 2″ and 4″. This will be the locations where you will clamp your router and circular saw when you are ready to use them as an extension for your table saw.

5. Attach these strips at the locations marked as step 4.

6. Next, drill holes on the two ends of this strip so that you can attach it to the end of your table saw.

7. On the end where you wish to attach your router, drill a hole in the center of a 2×6 board so that you can hang your router from it. Drill another hole in one corner at a distance equal to your table saw measurement plus 2″. This will be where you will attach your clamp on that particular end (clamping lift).

8. Level and tighten this piece of wood so that it can hold up the weight of any tool hanging from it (including camper’s weight).

9. On the end where you wish to attach your circular saw, drill a hole in the center of a 2×6 board so that you can hang it from it. Drill another hole in one corner at a distance equal to your table saw measurement plus 2″. This will be where you mount your clamp on that particular end (clamping lift).

10. Level and tighten this piece of wood so that it can hold up the weight of any tool hanging from it (including camper’s weight).

11. Measure the distance between these two holes and cut four pieces of 2×8 boards. Cut them into equal lengths (a measurement longer than your table saw’s width plus 1 inch).

12. Drill holes through each of these four pieces at the location where they will be attached to the vertical sides of the saw table.

13. Attach them using screws. This should enable you to attach your router and a circular saw on either end so that you can use them as an extension of your table saw (to enhance your cutting job).

14. You can now prime and paint this table (if you want to). Some people choose not to paint it, but instead rely on a material that will protect their arms from burns when they are working with hot tools. This material is asphalt tile padding, which just needs a few drops of water sprayed onto it before you begin using it.

This is an optional step, but we highly recommend it for safety’s sake.

15. Then you can set up your table saw so that it will be ready for use (this includes setting its supports and raising the blade, etc).

You should now be ready to cut with this homemade table saw extension!

How to Make a Homemade Table Saw Extension Video


DIY Table Saw Router Extension

Would you ever consider building a DIY table saw extension? If you do, then we have the perfect guide for you.

We will start by providing the materials necessary.

Equipment Needed:

  • Table Saw
  • Cordless Drill w/ Bits
  • Clamps
  • Router

Materials Needed:

  • Plywood (Preferably 2×6 and 2×8 boards)
  • MDF Board (Preferably 2×2)

Duration: 15-30 Minutes

Budget: $30-$50 (USD)

Steps:

1. Connect the router to your drill. You can use a power cordless drill or a power cable as long as it has bits.

2. Find a location on the table saw that you can work from and set up your extension to reach there if possible. Clamp an extension piece in place so that you don’t have to worry about it falling down if you need to walk away from it and come back later, for example, when lifting heavy materials onto the table saw from the ground below it or upwards from overhead storage hooks above it.

3. Drill both pieces of wood where they can be screwed together securely so that they don’t slide out of place while using them as an extension for your router table extension. Place screws so that they will go into the extension and hold it firmly in place, then clamp the wood pieces together securely before you begin using them.

4. Cut a piece of plywood, which is five inches wider than the table saw’s blade and 24 inches longer so that you can use it as a platform to place your router extension on. Attach this platform to the table saw by screwing it in place below the blade and cutting small holes along its edges so that screws can be used to fasten it there securely. Then cut another piece of plywood, which is 13 inches longer than the table saw (including the platform) and place it on top of the platform to form a ramp around the blade.

5. Clamp this ramp in place where you want it to be, but not above your router table or power cable as that would be dangerous if you were using it as a turntable for your router table. Use cable clamps when clamping it in place so that you can open and close its jaws to adjust it to the blade.

6. Screw two pieces of wood together at the location on your router table where you want to place it (you can make these two pieces to any length that is short enough so that it will be secure). When finished, use these wooden pieces as a base for your router table so that the router’s tool rests securely when you are using it.

7. Turn off your power before you begin to use your homemade extension table saw platform.

8. Decide where you will be cutting and place the wood to be cut over the blade. Then slide your turntable platform into position on top of the ramp and turn it up so that the blade is underneath it. Put your router onto its base that you built so that when it is turned on, it rests in place. Use a spirit level to make sure that you did this correctly before cutting anything. You are finished now, so you can start using this homemade table saw extension platform!

DIY Table Saw Router Extension Video


DIY Table Saw Extension Wing

Would you ever consider building a DIY table saw extension? If you do, then we have the perfect guide for you.

We will start by providing the materials necessary.

Equipment Needed:

  • Table Saw
  • Cordless Drill w/ Bits
  • Clamps
  • Router

Materials Needed:

  • Plywood (Preferably 2×6 and 2×8 boards)
  • MDF Board (Preferably 2×2)

Duration: 15-30 Minutes

Budget: $30-$50 (USD)

Steps:

1. Create a long strip of plywood that is 24″ wide and 36″ long with holes drilled in the ends.

2. Connect it to the side of your table saw’s extension table (the horizontal extension) so that it goes 6″ past the end on either side, and then drill 2 more holes be level with the table saw blade.

3. Attach scaffold boards to these 2 new holes, one positioned vertically on either side of the blade, so that they attach securely to both sides (one should go as close to the blade as possible without cutting into it).

4. Clamp these extensions in place at their bottom locations by screwing them into place over individual pieces of flooring or plywood that have been placed there.

5. Drill holes into the bottom of the table saw’s extension table where your homemade wing will be attached so that you can screw it into place.

6. Use a thin layer of wood shavings and wood glue as an insulator for where the metal wing will be touching the table saw’s extension using a small roller (or even your finger) to smooth out this thin layer evenly across the surface.

7. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to load and run the wings and use your homemade wing for this project.

DIY Table Saw Extension Wing Video


DIY Table Saw Outfeed Table

Would you ever consider building a DIY table saw extension? If you do, then we have the perfect guide for you.

We will start by providing the materials necessary.

Equipment Needed:

  • Table Saw
  • Cordless Drill w/ Bits
  • Clamps
  • Router

Materials Needed:

  • Plywood (Preferably 2×6 and 2×8 boards)
  • MDF Board (Preferably 2×2)

Duration: 15-30 Minutes

Budget: $30-$50 (USD)

Steps:

1. Measure the distance from the back of your table saw to where you want it to be located and cut away a board that will fit in this space with about 1/4 inch on either side (you’ll need two of these boards).

2. Cut a hole in one end for a power drill, and another on the opposite end for drum sanding (or other attachments).

3. Set up both sides of this extension and secure it by screwing into place like you would with the table saw’s extension.

4. Create a thin insulator using wood shavings and wood glue at each corner where metal meets wooden diy outfeed table so that they don’t touch each other (usually there are screws on the sides. You remove the screws, and pull out a tray of the wires.

There is a bunch of taps for the wires you are going to use. Once you have picked your wires, cut them off at the proper length, and put on your connectors and test them with each other or an ohm meter to see how they will match up with each other.

To make it easy you can take off all the taps that don’t match up to what you want to do.

5. Then place your piece of wood with the wood glue and shavings on top of the screws that were sticking out before.

6. Screw in the screws and then test it to see if the glue worked properly. You can do this with any extension you choose to build or that you have already built.

And you’re done with your outfeed table!

DIY Table Saw Outfeed Table Video


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is an angle iron good for an extension table?

Yes, you can add an angle iron to your table saw extension table.

Is an extra miter slot good for an extension table?

No, you only need one miter gauge so that’s only one miter slot.

Do I need a second fence rail for my table saw?

No, you only need one fence rail for your table saw.

Do I need a second guide rail for my table saw?

No, you only need one guide rail for your table saw.

Do I need a second rip fence for my table saw?

No, you only need one rip fence for your table saw.

Can I add a crosscut sled to my table saw?

Yes, you can add a crosscut sled to your table saw.

Do I need a power feeder for my table saw extension?

The short answer is no. A power feeder can work with the normal size that came with your table saw. If you don’t have one, you can learn how to make a DIY Table Saw Power Feeder and it’s very cheap and useful to have one.

DIY Table Saw Extension
Final Thoughts

This ends our How To Guide of DIY Table Saw Extension.

We hope the knowledge you gained here will help you in the future with your DIY or Professional Woodworking projects. We want you to be sure of that what you get from us are 100% facts, so please don’t hesitate to ask for advice or to advise us in return with accurate facts.

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